Only one in 6 local college grant applications approved

In Education, Families by Denis Naughten

  Local TD Denis Naughten has described as “disgraceful” the situation where only 16% of local college applications made through the new centralised SUSI online processing system for student grants have been approved.   In Roscommon 202 out of 1153 (17.5%) of applications have been approved. In Galway the figure is 685 out of 4334 applications (16%) and in Leitrim …

Abolition of Farm Assist fails to recognise weather impact on agriculture – Naughten

In Agriculture, Families by Denis Naughten

  “Budget 2013 has removed the safety net of the farm assist scheme, which was designed to acknowledge the volatility of farming, by effectively abolishing the scheme in all but name,” claims Denis Naughten TD.   There are 377 Leitrim farmers in receipt of Farm assist, with 433 in County. Roscommon and a further 1137 farm families relying on the …

350k for local sports groups welcome, but disappointing that worthy projects left out – Naughten

In Families, Infrastructure, Tourism, Young People by Denis Naughten

Local TD, Denis Naughten has welcomed the allocation of €348,000 to 10 local sporting organisations but stated that many other sports applications are left without funding, due to a failure to maximise the use of the grant scheme. “48 Roscommon clubs submitted applications under the Sports Capital Grant Scheme, with plans to invest over €5m in sport and recreation facilities …

Proposal seeks to curb cost of private health insurance – Naughten

In Families, Health by Denis Naughten

  Denis Naughten TD, will this evening (Tuesday) seek to force the hand of the Minister for Health to introduce a lifetime community rating measure on health insurance policies which will help to reduce the cost facing many families at present. Naughten’s amendment would force the Health Minister to act upon legislation introduced in 2001 to facilitate the introduction lifetime …

School Attendance Payment FAQs

In Campaigns, Child Benefit Reform, Education, Families, Young People by Denis Naughten

Linking Child Benefit to School Attendance FAQs School attendance up to the age of 16 years is a statutory requirement under the Education (Welfare) Act 2000.  Consequently, all recipients of child benefit are legally required to attend school up to this age.     A number for frequently asked questions regarding my proposals to link child benefit with a  school …

Naughten to be briefed by Congressman on US Bill for undocumented Irish

In Business & Jobs, Families, Young People by Denis Naughten

  Local TD, Denis Naughten is to receive a briefing next week from US Congressman Bruce Morrison on the prospects for a resolution to the issue of the undocumented Irish following the recent election in the United States. Congressman Bruce Morrison has been a long time campaigner on behalf of the undocumented Irish and the need for reform of the …

Naughten Calls for an emergency Education Committee meeting in response to SUSI delays

In Education, Families, Young People by Denis Naughten

  In response to the massive delays faced by students applying for higher education grants through the new Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) system, local TD Denis Naughten has written to the Chairperson of the Committee on Education and Social Protection to recommend that the committee call an emergency meeting to address this issue as soon as possible. In his …

HSE probe into paedophile monitoring highlights need to provide parents with information – Naughten

In Disclosure of Information Act, Families by Denis Naughten

“Reports in today’s Irish Independent regarding the imminent report into health officials failure to supervise a paedophile on the sex offenders register clearly highlights the failure of the current system and the need to give parents access to appropriate information to protect their children” claims Denis Naughten TD.   Today’s newspaper report not only exposes the failure by health officials …

Three incidents of adult approaching children highlights need for change in law – Naughten

In Disclosure of Information Act, Families, Local Issues by Denis Naughten

Public must be encouraged to report suspicious activity “Three recent incidents in Counties Louth and Dublin involving strangers approaching children on both streets and at a playground again highlights the need to change the law on the supervision of sex offenders” claims Denis Naughten TD. Today’s reports that Gardaí are investigating an incident in Dun leer, Co. Louth where a …